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Synonyms for break down

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. break down, crush(verb)

    make ineffective

    "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"

    Synonyms:
    vanquish, decompose, crush, analyze, conk out, beat, fail, snap, suppress, go bad, tumble, break up, trounce, smash, give way, collapse, demolish, beat out, analyse, break, give out, crumble, go, squash, squeeze, crumple, die, dissect, mash, oppress, take apart, lose it, squelch, jam, shell

  2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart(verb)

    make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features

    "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"

    Synonyms:
    go, examine, conk out, give way, psychoanalyse, discerp, dismantle, psychoanalyze, disassemble, collapse, dismember, crush, dissect, canvass, analyse, break, take apart, study, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, break up, die, tumble, break apart, canvas, analyze, fail, give out, crumple, go bad

  3. break down, lose it, snap(verb)

    lose control of one's emotions

    "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, snatch up, click, give way, shoot, tear, bust, collapse, snarl, crush, dissect, analyse, break, take apart, die, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, crack, break up, give out, tumble, photograph, snatch, analyze, fail, crumple, flick, rupture, go bad

  4. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(verb)

    stop operating or functioning

    "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

    Synonyms:
    peter out, function, crumble, give off, perish, break away, give way, unwrap, hold out, run, endure, lead, give out, hand out, split up, conk out, operate, dampen, travel, collapse, last, go wrong, bomb, transgress, discontinue, founder, weaken, go away, crumple, bump, discover, demote, stop, go, take apart, move, damp, ease up, rifle, separate, decompose, miscarry, split, run low, die out, cash in one's chips, dissect, smash, pause, move over, spoil, pass out, pass away, get out, drop dead, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, reveal, divulge, part, betray, let on, blend in, run short, get around, get going, locomote, intermit, wear out, expire, lose it, check, break dance, break-dance, live, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, breach, blend, burst, give, plump, crack, ruin, run down, fit, erupt, emit, better, flush it, belong, tumble, offend, go bad, become flat, survive, crush, get, disclose, break off, snuff it, bust, flunk, become, give away, break up, analyse, live on, interrupt, break out, croak, run out, choke, poop out, pop off, pall, sound, fall in, soften, go against, let out, come apart, neglect, extend, start, depart, kick downstairs, distribute, decease, die, pass, proceed, infract, exit, conk, fail, buy the farm, bankrupt, hold up, develop, expose, break, analyze, fall apart, break in, snap off, snap, yield, work, cave in, wear, recrudesce

  5. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse(verb)

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

    Synonyms:
    topple, crease, collapse, analyze, buckle, crack, crack up, rumple, cave in, fail, snap, twig, whirl, go bad, tumble, break up, decay, cotton on, give, crock up, knit, get wise, conk out, analyse, whirl around, fall apart, give out, crumble, cockle, catch on, go, fall in, get onto, wrinkle, break, crumple, pucker, die, decompose, get it, latch on, dissect, give way, crush, take apart, dilapidate, burst, lose it, crinkle, founder, tip

  6. break down(verb)

    cause to fall or collapse

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, collapse, crush, dissect, analyse, break, take apart, die, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, break up, give out, tumble, analyze, fail, crumple, go bad

  7. decompose, break up, break down(verb)

    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

    Synonyms:
    rot, fragmentise, fragmentize, decompose, collapse, analyze, interrupt, conk out, crumple, crash, split up, pick, fail, snap, moulder, analyse, go bad, dismantle, break up, recess, decay, part, crock up, molder, sever, cut off, fragment, dissect, split, crumble, disperse, separate, disrupt, give out, dissipate, go, dissolve, give way, disintegrate, crack, disassemble, break apart, lose it, die, calve, scatter, resolve, take apart, dispel, adjourn, break, crack up, tumble, crush

  8. break down, collapse(verb)

    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

    Synonyms:
    go, conk out, give way, crack up, founder, give, collapse, cave in, crush, dissect, analyse, break, take apart, die, lose it, snap, crumble, decompose, burst, break up, give out, tumble, crack, fall in, analyze, fail, crumple, crock up, go bad

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. break down

    Synonyms:
    break, despair, droop, fail, faint, fall, falter, give out, give up, sink, succumb, surrender, yield

    Antonyms:
    abide, afford, allow, bear, bear up under, bear with, brook, endure, permit, put up with, submit to, suffer, support, sustain, tolerate, undergo

Editors Contribution

  1. freaking out

    (of a machine or motor vehicle) suddenly cease to function.

    "his van broke down"

    Submitted by rinat on August 19, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. break down

    Synonyms:
    (Active.) crush, overwhelm, overcome

  2. break down

    Synonyms:
    (Neuter.) fall, give out

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How to use break down in a sentence?

  1. Mark Schickman:

    She's really claiming that she can be in the rough and tumble at the highest level, so she can't break down too easily.

  2. Angela Yochem:

    We need to be prepared to break down barriers associated with access to supplies, access to care, if realtime delivery, on-demand delivery of critical supplies is necessary to save lives, we want to do that.

  3. Joe Peiffer:

    I'll be happy if a never see another 65-year-old man break down in my office because he's wiped out.

  4. Lumumba Okugbawa:

    Shutting down the refineries, oil production and export would be the last option if all negotiations with government break down.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Live as if you will die today. That is to say, live impactfully and positively as if today is your last day on earth. Moreover, work as if you can't break down. In other words, work hard as much as you can. Speak as if you've seen what the future holds for you. That is to say, speak positively and hopefully too always and never negatively or hopelessly no matter what happens. ~Emeasoba George.


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